/ˈɡrɒv(ə)l/ /ˈɡrʌv(ə)l/
verb grovels, grovelling, grovelled; US groveling, groveled
[no object]
1 Lie or crawl abjectly on the ground with one’s face downwards.
1.1 Act in an obsequious way in order to obtain someone’s forgiveness or favour.

Middle English back-formation from the obsolete adverb grovelling, from obsolete groof, grufe ‘the face or front’ (in the phrase on grufe, from Old Norse á grúfu ‘face downwards’) + the suffix -ling.


I won’t make you grovel
When I write my novel
About a judge named Gravel
And his ever-pounding gavel.
If you want to read it,
Just tell me that you need it.


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